PALMER, Thomas II (c.1541-1625), of Wingham, Kent.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

b. c.1541, s. of Sir Henry Palmer of Wingham by Jane, da. of Sir Richard Windebank of Guisnes. educ. ?G. Inn 1562. m. c.1562, Margaret, da. of John Poley of Badley, Suff., 6s. 5da. suc. fa. 15 Jan. 1559. Kntd. 1603; cr. Bt. 1621.

Offices Held

J.p. Kent from 1577, sheriff 1595-6; gent. of privy chamber to James I.1


The identification of Thomas Palmer of Wingham as the MP for Arundel rests upon his being the only one of the Sussex family and its branches then living who was both an ‘esquire’ and of a suitable age to sit. He farmed one of the Earl of Arundel’s manors, and was first cousin to Thomas Palmer I of Angmering, Sussex, who lived only four miles from Arundel and may have helped to place him in Parliament. He was only 17 years old